Sunday, January 24, 2010

FDH Fantasy Newsletter: Volume II, Issue XLXV

Welcome to our 69th edition of the FDH Fantasy Newsletter, as we continue to bring you weekly fantasy sports updates in addition to our usual content on Our archive of past editions is available right here on The Blog and specific links to past editions are available on the front page of

In this week's edition:

^ 2009 fantasy football micro-level season review

2009 Fantasy Football Micro-Level Season Review

QB: As KFFL Senior Editor Cory Bonini predicted on our airwaves, Matt Schaub took a giant leap forward this year and is a legit starting fantasy QB at this point. While Ben Roethlisberger is unlikely to be benefiting statistically from such an unbalanced offense again next year, he will be likely to reside at least at the level of borderline #1 fantasy QB, as should fellow Class of ’04 member Eli Manning. If he gets the help he needs at WR, Jay Cutler could crash the ranks of the top tier, with the same variable being the case for Joe Flacco. Matt Ryan is another likely candidate to break out in what will be his third year in the league. Of the players generally considered #1 QBs this year, the only one even borderline likely to drop out might be Donovan McNabb.

RB: Chris Johnson will be considered the top overall fantasy player in many leagues next year, but the workload he toted with a scatback’s physique should make you very wary. Despite an excellent ’09, Thomas Jones is giving way rapidly to Shonn Greene in New York. You should feel free to believe in Ray Rice, already Baltimore’s top offensive weapon. Running back splits may really devalue all players involved in Dallas and Carolina. Jamaal Charles should be at least a borderline #1 RB. The big rookies of ’09, Beanie Wells and Knowshon Moreno, may approach that point as well. Jerome Harrison is a huge question mark based on Cleveland’s historic unwillingness to play him before his breakout stretch, as well as his unsettled contract situation. LeSean McCoy should be worthy of at least a #2 RB selection as the transition to the future is on full-force in Philly.

WR: Sidney Rice and Miles Austin are crashing the top-tier party, while Calvin Johnson finds himself relegated to #2 despite being one of the five most physically gifted players in the league due to his primitive offense. Greg Jennings did not perform quite to the level that some expected, but with the overall explosiveness of the Packer offense intact and Donald Driver not getting any younger, there is really no reason to worry about him. As great as he was for parts of ’09, Brandon Marshall could well break out even bigger in ’10 if he ends up in the right situation. Considering the shape of Matt Ryan’s growth curve, Roddy White may still only be scratching the surface of his capabilities in the A-T-L.

TE: The exclusivity at the top tier of this position crumbled like the Berlin Wall in ’09, with one of the most radical transformations in the history of fantasy football. The Big Four is now joined on the top tier by a great many others: Brent Celek, Vernon Davis, Jermichael Finley, Heath Miller, Greg Olsen and Visanthe Shiancoe, to name a few. With others lurking in the same region of productivity (Chris Cooley, Owen Daniels, Zach Miller and Kellen Winslow II), for the first time ever there is absolutely no reason to select a TE before your starting RBs, WRs and QBs.


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